The North Wrangells Trek is a a personal favorite for the specific feeling the sweeping landscape leaves you. Just to the north of the White River we will be a stones throw from Canada and the unfathomable expanse of the Yukon Territory. As opposed to the deep valleys and tight canyons of some of our glaciated treks, the North Wrangells leaves you with the impression of an endless, unexplored frontier, that begs you to hike over the next mountain, and the next, in search of something undefinable.
Day 1: We will depart from Anchorage and make the 8 hour journey to McCarthy. Your guide will meet with you before departure to double check your gear, go over the itinerary, and answer any lingering questions you may have regarding the trip.
*transportation to McCarthy and hotel accommodations included
Day 2: We will board a bush plane in McCarthy and take off for 45 minutes of flight time. Our commute will take past the mile high cliffs, high over remnants of mining activity, bridges to nowhere, braided rivers, and miles of ice. As the landscape begins to stretch into infinity we will touch down on the tundra and take in our new environment.
*all meals included
Day 3-8: We will scan the expansive landscape for caribou, grizzly bears, eagles, Dall Sheep, and black bears. We will contour hills covered in wildflowers, cross freezing muddy streams, dip and weave through the landscape and camp under the Midnight Sun. We will gain ridge lines and take in views of the Nutzotin Mountains and the University Range.
*all meals included
Day 9: We will break camp and walk south, towards the mighty White River. After crossing our last creek we will sit in the company of alpine lupin and the highest peaks in the Wrangells as we wait for our ride back to the muddy town of McCarthy. All too soon the drone of the airplane engine will compete with the rushing river and we will fly back to McCarthy for a celebratory dinner.
*breakfast, lunch, and hotel accommodations included
Day 10: You will bid farewell to McCarthy and head back to Anchorage.
*transportation to Anchorage included
*As with all BA trips we strive to stick to our itinerary as best as possible but ask our clients to remain open to the possibility of change. The state is large, the weather is unpredictable, and the regions we endeavor to reach are remote. With that in mind please read the above itinerary as a rough outline of what to expect but be prepared for the unknown. More on this under Bush Flying 101.
What to Expect
This route is a Level 3 trip. Strength, endurance, and experience are essential to enjoy a trip at this level.
The terrain is uneven, bushy, rocky, and without trails. You should be prepared to carry a pack weighing 35-45 lbs for 8+ hours per day.
10 days $3,900
*includes transportation to and from McCarthy, backcountry flight, professional guide, all meals in the backcountry and two nights hotel accommodation
(trek only price available upon request)